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    My MWO friends,

    I am taking Antabuse and THRILLED with how well "it" is working for me. As I told my hubby, even if it was just a placebo, it would be working. Having the fall back to "if I take one drink I will become sick as a dog" has been an extraordinary boost in this fight.

    However, anxiety is one of the reasons I have self-medicated for many years, I believe. Not depression, not bipolar, pure anxiety.

    My doctor also prescribed Gabapentin for that since I was adamant that I not be given any SSRI's. (I have had and heard so many bad things about them that I was unwilling to try any of them.) So he put me on Gabapentin. I started at 100 mg 3xday, titrated to 200 mg 3xday and now am at 300 mm 3xday.

    I am finding that my anxiety levels are less, I am not having the allergic reaction I did to topamax, and I am not a zombie. My GP was completely surprised the Gabapentin did not turn me into a zombie. She said I should feel like the walking dead with that dose so early in the titration process.

    Does anyone else take or have you ever taken Gabapentin? What were your reactions to it?

    I am asking because I am curious if it is also a piece of this puzzle that is helping me feel so good about being sober and allowing me to make better decisions about staying sober. i.e. I know the NIAAA is doing studies with Gabapentin and alcoholism and wondering if there truly is a good effect for those of us trying to get off AL?

    TIA!

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    The only thing I know about Gabapentin is what you've told me. But I've written it down and when I see my psychiatrist again the second week of May I'm going to tell her about it. Maybe then I could stop taking my Cymbalta. So thanks for letting me know about this drug.

    I love how you write in roman numerals for your days! XVIII is so good!!! I'm so proud of you!!

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    I was reading a little bit about gabapentin the other day. I think you are on to something cindi.

    people who drink heavily are trying to up their GABA. alcohol does the job, but then it fails after a while.

    anxiety is a side effect or low GABA.

    keep us posted.

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    300 mgs. 4 x's day. STOPPED.

    i had those orange thingies...i stopped them..made me so tired. i ate a lot of them though in the start of sobriety. as a substitute for non-addictive meds. uses are for anxiety, seizures, pain...etc.

    now that i am at 176 days...i only take one topa 25mgs. and thats about it! kudzu...and Sleep Supplements...:yes:

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    Interesting post.
    I was put on Lamictal four weeks ago to combat my anxiety disorder. This med is also an anti-seizure medication (same type as Topa and Gabapentin). It could be a coincidence but I swear that when I quit drinking 2 weeks ago that I had very few to no physical cravings – most of it was trigger driven and even then they were few and far between.
    BTW…I have had no side effects from the med other than in the third week I was tired during the day. Now that I am into the 4th week that has gone away.

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    Gabapentin

    Pass it on.

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    Gabapentin

    Oh lordy, lordy! Where do I start with this one.

    Cinders was one of the first to start using baclofen when no one else did.

    Reviving this thread as if to give gabapentin some sort of kick start is doomed as those of us who have been here this long know.

    What happeded with Cinders and gabapentin?

    Here it is:

    11-07-2013, 09:55 PM
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    I have taken Gabapentin up to 2400 mgs/day for...

    I have taken Gabapentin up to 2400 mgs/day for years.

    It did nothing to help me with my drinking.

    I has done an amazing job of keeping my cluster headaches at bay.

    Sorry. I wish it was a..."

    It may have helped someone but it is important here not to mislead people who are looking for answers to a serious health problem by making them think that it is more effective than it really is.

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    I've heard a lot of conflicting reports online about Gabapentin and the build up of tolerance. This is where I think problems might arise. I know Pregabalin can be a nightmare when it comes to building tolerance. I've heard of people losing thew effects of it after a week or two.

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    Randall;n2382187 wrote: I've heard a lot of conflicting reports online about Gabapentin and the build up of tolerance. This is where I think problems might arise. I know Pregabalin can be a nightmare when it comes to building tolerance. I've heard of people losing thew effects of it after a week or two.
    Hi Randall -Thanks for this post. So far, I have not been able to find any scientific or medical evidence that suggests Gabapentin 'builds up tolerance'. I am surprised to hear that a drug used to help control seizures (convulsions) in the treatment of epilepsy would lose its ability to work without higher doses (in a week or two). Just curios about the dosage levels these people were at? I would really like to know more about your findings if you have the time to reply. Thanks

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